Autonomous driving company AutoX announced that it's launching a grocery delivery and mobile store pilot in San Jose, CA. Customers in geofenced areas throughout the city will be able to order and receive groceries delivered by AutoX self-driving cars. AutoX’s featured partner on fresh produce is e-commerce company GrubMarket.com.
“We’re very excited to launch the first autonomous grocery delivery and mobile store service in the heart of Silicon Valley with self-driving vehicles on the road,” said AutoX Founder and CEO Jianxiong Xiao.
After downloading the AutoX app, users can browse and order items including fresh perishables, vegetables, and fruits. Groceries will be well preserved in a temperature-controlled environment throughout their driverless ride over.
The service also allows shoppers to shop in person. When the AutoX car arrives, the window rolls down with AutoX’s selections for customers to pick.
“We are enabling two shopping experiences with self-driving cars,” explained AutoX COO Jewel Li. “You can order goods from an app and get them delivered by a self-driving vehicle. Or, our self-driving car brings a shelf of goods to you, and you can select and purchase onsite in front of your house.
AutoX says that what sets its system apart from the L4 autonomous driving crowd is its emphasis on inexpensive but high-resolution cameras as the primary sensor rather LiDAR and other sensors. AutoX’s says its high-resolution camera sensing enables the AI to safely detect small objects and see farther ahead for longer distance compared to other autonomous driving technologies.
AutoX’s grocery delivery and mobile store pilot will roll out in two phases: the first pilot is in San Jose, with phase two expanding the pilot west to Mountain View and Palo Alto. The company says that more delivery partners will be joining soon.